Quilts: Road signs for slaves

Published 11:00 pm Saturday, August 22, 2009

At the Lawrence County Historical Museum, the room that used to be the Nannie Kelley Wright room is now has the Underground Railroad display. Many quilts are shown, not only for beauty but for the directions that slaves would follow to escape their masters. These quilts belong to the museum and members of the society.

We need docents who have a little time to spare to work at the museum. Docents are asked to volunteer twice a month, 1-4 p.m. Come by on the weekend and pick up your application if you are interested. If you love history, particularly our county’s history, you will enjoy working here.

On Aug. 29, you can meet the characters that will take part in the Historical Ghost Walk at Woodland Cemetery. The actual ghost walk will be Sept. 19 but in August you get a preview of what will be. This is one of the most interesting and educational events in our county, according to a local professor.

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Are you interested in the football hall of fame in Canton? In this month’s Ohio magazine there is information on coaches of the past, premier sports, a showplace featuring two new galleries. Exhibits combine the defining moments of football history. There is information about where you can find the names of the coaches some of you may be acquainted with. Don MCafferty ( 1921-1974) was coach of the Baltimore Colts who led the team to a victory in Super Bowl V. He also served with the Detroit Lions and Portsmouth Spartans. That gets pretty close to home. He was sometimes referred to in press articles as “Easy Rider.” If you do not have access to this magazine it is on display at the museum in the library at the top of the stairway at the museum. Feel free to come and examine it.

My granddaughter treated me to a visit to Bardstown, Ky., this past week. If you remember the Stephen Foster songs we sang in school and musicals it is a wonderful experience visiting Bardstown. We all remember “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Oh Susanna,” and many other songs of Stephen Foster’s. Isn’t it great to have granddaughters?

Historical fact: Continuation of “Ironton on Pickup Air Mail Service.”

Air mail and express pick up and delivery is extended to Steubenville, Marietta, Pomeroy, Gallipolis and Wellston, Jackson, and Ironton.

Tribune 20 March 1947

The pilot and mechanic of an All-American Aviation mail plane escaped serious injuries this morning when the plane taking off from the Ashland, Ky., airport crashed and burned. The plane was completed destroyed. The plane had stopped at the Ashland airport last night for repairs to a damaged propeller. This plane had hardly cleared the ground this morning on the take off before it crashed and burned. Another plane was being flown in to cover the air mail route through this section.

Naomi Deer, trustee